Originally from Charlottetown, P.E.I., I have been painting for almost 40 years. Over time I have lived in 5 provinces and travelled the entire length of the Trans Canada Highway which has led to my appreciation of the variety of textures and colours seen in our country. Alberta is especially appealing, offering a diverse landscape from mountains to prairies to badlands and has been the focus of my work for the last decade.
In April of 1977 one of my pen and ink drawings was displayed at the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg Ontario for a high school art show and later that summer I travelled to Europe. Being exposed to the art and architecture in both locations, combined with my affinity for painting, largely influenced my decision to attend the University of Guelph to pursue a degree in fine art. It was there that I started to use water based media as a favourite vehicle for my paintings, especially watercolours and acrylics. The bulk of my work these days is acrylic on canvas, where I use thin layers trying to achieve an air of luminosity in my paintings. My style, if I had to describe it, is Canadian; my influences growing up were landscape painters like The Group of 7 and realists like Alex Colville and Ken Danby. My goal is to portray Canada in a non-static way with colours in a higher key and hope that the audience enjoys my interpretation of our nation. I am privileged to have my work on the walls of homes and offices around North America.